Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. While he heard many traditional stories about Jack and other heroic characters, he was most attracted to the stories of his own family and places of origin. Davis begin retelling the stories he heard and then adding his own new stories to them until he was repeatedly asked to “tell it again, on purpose.”
During his twenty-five year career as a United Methodist Minister, Davis began to use stories more and more. He was also asked to begin performing at festivals and in other settings until he retired from the church to tell stories full time.
Beginning with some of the earliest he heard as a lap-child, Donald Davis recounts Little Red Hen, Jack and Jill, and The House that Jack Built, a Walking Game. Also includes Davis’s own retelling of Jack and the Animals, which is published as a picture book in our August House LittleFolk line. Continuing in a traditional theme, the recording features stories about Jack and a narrative on making molasses with Grandmother that leads into the final story, The Lady in a Syrup Can. Grandma
The author of eighteen books and more than forty original recordings, Davis is the recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network.